Are you over age 50 and currently unemployed? Do you want your next job to be about more than just a paycheck? The University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Program is offering its seventh Encore!Hartford program beginning in March, 2016. Encore!Hartford is an intensive four-month workforce development program that assists unemployed Connecticut corporate professionals age 50 or older to transition their skills and experience into managerial and professional positions in the nonprofit sector.
AARP Connecticut is joining with the Departments of Banking, Consumer Protection, and Aging, as well as the Better Business Bureau and others to warn Connecticut residents about a new text scam targeting customers of Webster Bank, N.A. According to State Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez, the fraudulent text appears to be a genuine notice from Webster Bank indicating that they are currently performing maintenance of their system and asking the recipient to click on a link to renew personal details. While this particular text targets Webster customers, other text scams have targeted many other banks and businesses.
Every day in Connecticut nearly 500,000 residents perform a labor of love by caring for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones – unpaid care valued at more than $5.9 billion annually. Caregivers take on a huge responsibility, yet many say they wouldn’t have it any other way. During National Family Caregiver Month, AARP is saying "thank you" to these unsung heroes, and helping to shine a light on the important work they do to support their loved ones and help them remain independent in their own homes and communities.
November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – nearly 500,000 from Connecticut – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $5.9 billion in Connecticut alone.
Each year, AARP Connecticut selects one outstanding volunteer age 50 or older from Connecticut to receive the Andrus Award for Community Service, AARP's most prestigious state volunteer award for community service. The Andrus Award is named for AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus and honors an exceptional Connecticut volunteer age 50 or older who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. This year, we were happy to present the award to Mr. James (Jim) Doran of West Hartford, CT.
AARP Connecticut held a recent teleconference with its members to discuss Connecticut's residential third-party electric supply market and issues around consumer protection and choice. Connecticut's Consumer Counsel, Elin Katz, was a guest on the call and helped answer questions from residents about the current electric market, charges by third party suppliers, how to lower electricity consumption and fees attached to changing or canceling suppliers. AARP reminded members to be vigilant in reviewing their electric bills each month and to understand the terms and conditions of any contract they enter into. Listen to the Teleconference Audio.
From the college years through the golden years, Americans today are moving through life differently than ever before. We're living longer, but we're not just riding off into the sunset. We're enjoying a new, transitional life-phase - one filled with possibilities and new beginnings. Life Reimagined, an idea from AARP, is a new way of thinking about what's next in your life. Developed by a team of leading professionals, and backed up by years of research, Life Reimagined introduces a powerful step-by-step approach to help you start your journey of exploration, discover your passion and purpose, and put your dreams into action.
AARP today applauded a decision by the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) in docket 15-06-15 that reaffirms the State’s ban on variable rate electric contracts and further protects customers when their fixed-rate term expires. In their decision, PURA agreed with AARP in determining that when a customer’s fixed-price period with a third party electric supplier expires, the supplier cannot begin charging the customer a rate that can change on a monthly basis and must offer a rate that is capped for at least 4 months.
AARP Connecticut and Quinnipiac University will host a free Scam Jam on Monday, Nov. 2, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the University’s Mount Carmel Auditorium, 275 Mount Carmel Ave. in Hamden, CT. Sponsored by the AARP Fraud Watch Network, Scam Jam is your opportunity to get inside the mind of a con artist and learn how to protect yourself and your family from common types of fraud and scams happening right in Connecticut.
Jean, a former real estate planner from Old Saybrook, CT, was looking forward to retirement with thoughts of travel and more free time to do the things she loved. Her life changed dramatically, but not as she expected, several years ago when her mother suffered a massive heart attack. Jean was told by hospital staff to “say goodbye,” but her mother rallied. After being discharged home, Mom was living independently again. However, the ordeal had left her considerably weaker and more reliant on Jean than ever before.